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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum, Beijing
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Within a palace that served as the seat of power for the Ming and Qing dynasties, Forbidden City-The Palace Museum houses a massive collection of artifacts that include ceramics, porcelain pieces, paintings, bronzeware, steles, sculptures, and much more. Built in the early 15th century, the palace holds the honor of being a World Heritage Site and contains an unparalleled number of preserved ancient wooden structures. Bring your ID or passport to purchase entry tickets. See Forbidden City-The Palace Museum and all Beijing has to offer by arranging your trip with our Beijing tour planner.
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  • The Forbidden CIty visit is an importand part of a visit to Beijing. Visitors only see the Forbidden City, but as part of the visit you will walk through Tiananmen Square, which may be the largest pub...  more »
  • My advise for this site, have comfortable shoes and have a Chinese guide otherwise one cannot have a full appreciation of what you are seeing, there is so much in the Forbidden City. Guides are not ex...  more »
  • I went to the Forbidden City (The Palace Museum) with my friend on a sunny day. The weather of few days before was haze, but that day was a good day for me to go to this stately palace. I got the info...  more »
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  • History to me is amazing and there is plenty of history to be found in China. We tried taking the self guided tour but do not recommend it. Take the tour and listen to the guide they make the trip much more enjoyable. If in Beijing I suggest you at least enjoy a stroll through just to take some amazing pictures.
  • Amazing place but first you must beat all the other tourist. It's a tourist trap. Very noisy with so many people and tour guides. at time you might feel squeeze trying to get a better view. Overall you would leave feeling satisfied. beware of shocking sight of horrific panhandlers
  • Worth the visit. Get your tickets early in the day. They now limit the number of visitors. Neat seeing where the emperor lived with his big family. His power is manifested in the palaces and living quarters.
  • Obviously well worth a visit just make sure you find a day with the least pollution floating around if you want some good pictures. I'd say a place for historians and your average Joe it will take your breath away.
  • It's always the same, you go into a place that everyone sais will take you long time to see to really appreciate and you walk out after only three hours, no matter how little or much impressed a site it was. The Forbidden City is no such place. My wife and I entered at 8h30 with a plan for the afternoon to go to the National Museum of Beijing and ended up not even seeing 40% of the entire Palace Museum when we were asked to exit at 17h such as everyone else, as the Palace Museum closes for cleaning purposes. My wife and I have decided to return to Beijing for the express purpose of returning to the Forbidden City and see all of it magnificence. (Insert Boromir meme: "One does not simple see the Forbidden City in a single day.") Also, food and drinks can be found inside the Palace Museum, no need to bring provisions.